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Sussex Central H.S.
2000 Football Recap
Sussex Central Golden Knights

2000 Game by Game ...

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000
Sussex Central 33, Dover 3

For details on Sussex Central's convincing first round Division I state tournament win, click on the score above.

Friday, Nov. 17, 2000
Sussex Central 33, Christiana 6

For details on Sussex Central's state tournament clinching victory, click on the score above.

Friday, Nov. 10, 2000
Sussex Central 35, Sussex Tech 6

Photo: Sussex Central running back George Davis

Sussex Central running back George DavisThe Golden Knights, ranked fourth in the state, kept their Division I state tournament hopes alive with a victory over their cross-town rivals.

The Knights, at 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the division, host Christiana on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in a game that will likely decide their fate in the Division I state tournament.

Sussex Central would likely earn its first Division I berth with a victory over Christiana. The Knights still have a shot at the Henlopen North crown, too, if Dover beats Caesar Rodney on Nov. 17.

Against Tech, senior running back George Davis led the way with 108 yards rushing including touchdown runs of 20 and 25 yards. J.J. Ricketts also scored twice on runs of 22 and 17 yards.

Teddy Thompson scored on a 16-yard run. Justin Battaglino added all five extra point kicks.

Friday, Nov. 3, 2000
Caesar Rodney 21, Sussex Central 10

For details on Sussex Central's Henlopen North loss at Caesar Rodney, click on the score above.

Friday, Oct. 20, 2000
Sussex Central 26, Dover 7

For details on Sussex Central's dominating win over previously unbeaten Dover, click on the score above.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2000
Sussex Central 5, Cape Henlopen 0

For details on Sussex Central's exhilirating win over Cape Henlopen, including the opportunity to give your account of the contest, click on the score above.

Friday, Oct. 6, 2000
Sussex Central 42, Milford 0

For details on Sussex Central's shutout of Milford in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division opener, click on the score above.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000
Sussex Central 32, Glasgow 6

Photo: Sussex Central coach John Wells

Sussex Central coach John WellsIn a rare Thursday night game, the Golden Knights outscored Glasgow 20-0 in the second half.

Sussex Central, ranked 3rd in the state, trailed 6-0 in the first quarter before a freak play put it on the board. Running to avoid a heavy rush on a punt attempt, the Knights' Blake Hershelman tried to pitch the ball to end Andrew Weatherly, who was blocking. The ball hit the ground, but Weatherly picked it up and ran 45 yards for a touchdown that started a 32-0 Knight run.

Hershelman, the team's quarterback, scored two touchdowns and threw for another to make up for the absence of standout running back George Davis, who missed the second half with a sprained ankle. Hershelman scored on two 1-yard runs. He also threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Weatherly.

Safety Andre Roach provided the Knights' final touchdown on a 30-yard interception return.

Friday, Sept. 22, 2000
Sussex Central 41, McKean 20

Photo: Sussex Central running back Yoree Washington

Sussex Central running back Yoree WashingtonThe Knights, ranked 3rd in the state, got a stiff challenge in the first half but outscored McKean 28-7 in the second half for a big nonconference victory. In rising to 3-0, the Knights had to fend off a strong first half challenge that saw them tied 13-13 at halftime.

Senior running back George Davis led the way with three touchdowns including first period runs of 1 and 14 yards and a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter that broke the Hilltoppers' backs. A 59-yard run by Davis set up running back Yoree Washington's first touchdown to start the second half. Washington also scored on a 2-yard run.

Quarterback Blake Hershelman and tight end Jesse Makowski hooked up for the Knights' final score on a 17-yard pass. Placekicker Justin Battaglino booted five extra points.

Friday, Sept. 15, 2000
Sussex Central 38, Indian River 12

Photo: Sussex Central quarterback Blake Hershelman.

The Knights made quick work of their district rivals but head coach John Wells saw plenty to work on in the win. Primarily, Wells pointed to the Knights' 15 penalties, 2 fumbles and an interception as signs that his team needs to "buckle down".

Sussex Central quarterback Blake HershelmanSenior running back George Davis led the Knights with 21 carries for what Wells believes was a career-high 190 yards rushing. He scored on runs of 49 yards, 10 yards and 31 yards. He also caught three passes from quarterback Blake Hershelman for 31 yards.

Running back Yoree Washington also had a nice game with 46 yards rushing including a 12-yard scoring run. Jonathan Ricketts added 21 yards on 3 carries.

The Knights also scored on a 32-yard pass from Hershelman to Leroy Mann and a 27-yard field goal by Justin Battaglino.

Hershelman had a big night for SC with 126 yards on 7-for-11 passing.

Wells said his team got caught up too much in the emotion of the contest.

"I'm kind of glad this happened," said Wells. "I think we'll be able to get a positive out of the way we play. We had turnovers and too many penalties and on our part, that just can't happen. We're the No. 3 team (in the state) and they had nothing to lose and our guys got caught up in that. The lesson to learn for us is when you're seeded as high as we are and the expectations are there, you've got to go out and play your game no matter what."

Friday, Sept. 8, 2000
Sussex Central 39, Delmar 6

For details on Sussex Central's big season-opening victory over Delmar in our Game of the Week, click on the score above.

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